Jordan Spieth’s resurgence appears to have some staying power coming off his fifth top-20 finish in his past six events.
Seeking to maintain that momentum heading into next week’s Masters, Spieth is one of the few marquee names who decided to play the week before heading to Augusta National.
“Trying to just keep progressing, keep working on what I’m working on and try to get myself in contention and have a chance to win on the weekend,” Spieth said Tuesday of his goals for the Valero Texas Open.
The Dallas native and former University of Texas star typically includes a few stops in his home state on his schedule. Spieth finished tied for 30th at TPC San Antonio the last time the event was held in 2019 and is coming off reaching the round of 16 at last week’s match play event in Austin.
“It’s a blast to play in the state of Texas,” he said. “I’ve always really, really enjoyed that extra support.”
Spieth hasn’t won since the Texas Open in 2017 but enters this week behind only pre-tournament favorite Tony Finau, according to DraftKings.
“Definitely in a better place, feel good tee to green,” Spieth said. “Trying to continue to progress and get even better and tighter.”
Closing on Sundays has been a major hurdle. Spieth played in the final group in consecutive events in February but was unable to break 70 in the final round in either event.
He also went 73-71 over the weekend at the Genesis Open to settle for a tie for 15th. That preceeded a 75 in difficult conditions on Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where Spieth finished tied for fourth. He also shot a final-round 75 at The Players Championship in his most recent stroke play event.
“When you work your way into contention, that’s where you start to then feel more comfortable each time you get into contention,” he said. “That’s always a great thing leading into a major. So all that are goals and the next couple days is about doing what I can in practice leading into that and then go out there and play.”
The Valero Texas Open may provide an ideal opportunity for Spieth to snap his winless streak.
The field lacks a top-10 player following Dustin Johnson’s withdrawal on Monday, and Spieth said playing the week before a major will let the 2015 Masters champion focus once he gets to Augusta National rather than pounding endless balls on the range.
“I can just kind of go through the gates of Magnolia Lane, go down that first day and just say, ‘All right, we’re here to play this week,’” he said.
--Field Level Media